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  • Some of the most memorable images, though, are the most fleeting: curtains curving gently in a breeze; a newborn's tiny foot surrounded by a father's hand; a mother's lyrical dance of joy; a father switching off the night-table light in his young son's bedroom.

    A Towering 'Tree,' Out on a Limb

  • I was lying in my bed with the night-table lamp still on.

    Promise Me

  • Once the police had done their paperwork and the snake ring had come home again, Mummy put him in his red velvet ring box, snapped the lid shut on his emerald eyes, and tucked him in the very back of her night-table drawer.

    Land Divers

  • What are two things on your night-table (or next to your bed)?

    2006 October -

  • A gaunt, painted wooden bedstead, of the kind seen in school dormitories, a night-table, picked up cheaply somewhere, and a couple of horsehair armchairs, filled the further end of the room.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • What are two things on your night-table or next to your bed?

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • I mean when you come at your regular hour into the sickroom where you have watched for months and find the medicine-bottles all gone, the night-table removed, the bed stripped…the room cold, stark, vacant—& you catch your breath & realize what has happened.

    Mark Twain

  • I made my way around the bed to the lamp on the night-table, and switched it on.

    Locked Rooms

  • An idealistic side, a dark side, and a tragicomic side: Transcendental Wild Oats is one of my favorite night-table books--not only for its own sake, but also because it resembles in many ways my own childhood encounter with a Romanticized Nature.

    Philocrites: Transcendentalism's shadow.

  • The curtains of the alcove floated gently round her like clouds, and the rays of the two tapers burning on the night-table seemed to shine like dazzling halos.

    Madame Bovary


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